24 June 2020

Video of the day -- what have you got to lose?

I've lived my whole life without religion and always been very glad of it.  I've had relationships that the Abrahamic religions would certainly disapprove of.  I've never worried about nonsense like going to Hell.  I've been free to develop my own ideas and values without concern for ancient beliefs and constraints on human thought.  One point that he doesn't mention -- I've been free to decide for myself the meaning and purpose of my life, without it being cluttered up with some "higher purpose" imposed from outside myself.


Blogger Ami said...

I've spent a bit of time wondering what my life would have been like had I not been forced into religion. Church EVERY Sunday morning. Most Sunday evenings. Midweek 'fellowship'. Church camp. My family didn't force me to wear certain things (except Sundays, I had to wear a dress for church, apparently Gawd didn't like pants?) but I still was controlled far more than I would have liked.

I like things better as an atheist, my time and my beliefs are exactly that. MINE. No one gets to decide how I should think or dress.. and the guy was right... sleeping in on Sunday mornings is wonderful. :)

24 June, 2020 20:58  
Blogger Mike said...

I'm afraid I'm not afraid enough.

24 June, 2020 22:22  
Blogger Rosa Rubicondior said...

On that point, it's noticeable that believers never seem to be able to say what purpose their lives have beyond concern for some assumed afterlife, and beyond worshipping God/Allah, neither the Bible nor Qur'an are any help. It seems the purpose of their life is preparing for death rather than enjoying life.

What a sad waste.

25 June, 2020 01:25  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Religion. Have I told you I went to Catholic school (all boys!)? I have never found religion to be of any use. I enjoy the iconography and the stained-glass windows, though. The rest is absolutely fucked up.


25 June, 2020 03:41  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Freeing ourselves from the control of religion is truly liberating! It makes life so much better!

25 June, 2020 09:50  
Blogger Charles Watkins said...

People who live under religion know what they are missing. The only way to justify their self-denial is see the sinners suffer. This leads them to viciously punish unbelievers.

25 June, 2020 15:45  
Blogger Richard said...

I have a difficult and complicated relationship with the gods. They are ok, i guess. If they even exist. The problem is when people try to speak for them. That doesn't work.

25 June, 2020 20:24  
Blogger dellgirl said...

These are some interesting insights, makes one stop and THINK. I have nothing of value to add here, just letting you know I stopped by to read.

Wishing you all the best! Stay Safe, my friend!

25 June, 2020 20:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ami: That sounds like a miserable start in life. Very glad I didn't have to go through that.

Mike: There are plenty of real things to be afraid of without adding imaginary ones.

Rosa: That's exactly it. They view life as preparation for an afterlife -- for whose very existence there is zero evidence.

Sixpence: Yeah, religion has some great art -- because for centuries artists had essentially no option but to serve religion. Without it those artists would still have created impressive things, just different ones.

Debra: It certainly does.

Charles: I'm sure there's a lot of that in it. It's envy in denial.

Richard: But of course that's the whole reason why gods were invented -- so that certain people could claim to speak for them and thus wield power.

Dellgirl: Thanks for reading, and for having an open mind. You and all readers stay safe in these frightening times.

26 June, 2020 01:25  
Blogger Lady M said...

I think freedom from religion is an awesome thing for all those reasons. I am happy to have not been encumbered by God belief for the better part of my existence.

26 June, 2020 13:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I am so glad I never had that bizarre nonsense in my life.

26 June, 2020 16:17  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

I like being a pagan..there is basically one rule..or commandment? do no harm..now how fucking hard is that?

27 June, 2020 18:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Well, the Abrahamists have certainly never liked that one.....

28 June, 2020 04:30  

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